Blackbird was first an award winning menswear store that opened in 2004 in Seattle. Nicole Miller, its founder and creative director, brought Blackbird to new heights in 2013 when she decided to focus on distributing the Blackbird brand internationally and closed her stores. Today Blackbird is known worldwide for its unconventional and remarkable fragrances and grooming products.
Aaron Way, lead perfumer at Blackbird, described the process of creating these unique scents as coming up with an abstract concept before any notes are discussed. Using a few rare or unusual ingredients ensures that their creations are both beautiful and distinct.
In wording from their website when the fragrance was available:
Singer Zola Jesus joined forces with us to create a fragrance and incense matching the essence of her new album Taiga; coincidentally written on Vashon Island (near Seattle where Blackbird resides). With similar interests in music, art, and scent, we found a natural connection that is rare and powerful. Taiga opens with bright bergamot, green peppercorn, and Indian frankincense, giving the fragrance an unexpected lightness like the spark of a flame. Choya loban, a much smokier derivative of frankincense, coupled with cade and rare, highly prized Omani frankincense create an ancient, palatial smoke accord. Teak, cedar wood, and cypress give the fragrance a brisk, boreal quality, while smoky guaiacwood, leathery oud, aged oak, and smooth sandalwood strike a dark, deep accord of woods. Fleeting traces of exquisite helichrysum, davana and geranium enhance the fragrance with a very subtle shade of color, anchored with enticing notes of nagarmotha.
Taiga is an eau de parfum, edp. It has been discontinued.